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Can I freeze hummus?

Megiac Jun 5, 2007 03:49 PM

I made my first batch of homemade hummus (from dried--not canned--chickpeas) last night, and wow, what a difference. I have more than we can possibly eat in the next few days, so I was wondering whether I can freeze it. Will doing so compromise the texture/taste at all?

  1. chef chicklet Jun 5, 2007 05:38 PM

    I freeze navy bean soup, I would think so.

    1. creativeusername Jun 5, 2007 06:04 PM

      I just did the same thing last night (something about palentary alignment relating to hummus cravings maybe?) and had the same predicament. Brought some to my neighbors, brought some to the office. Now what? Maybe you would have to process it again after thawing.

      On a side note---did you have a heck of a time mixing the tahini or was that just me?

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      1. re: creativeusername
        Megiac Jun 7, 2007 11:32 AM

        No, the tahini went in just fine, but I added it in the food processor.

        1. re: Megiac
          p.j. Jun 7, 2007 11:39 AM

          Hi! We have been making, and successfully freezing and defrosting, hummos from scratch for years.
          Just defrost your container of hummos slowly, in the fridge. You might need to stir it up when defrosted, but no re-processing needed.
          We like the recipe in the original Moosewood cookbook, but we double the garlic.
          Yum. p.j.

          1. re: Megiac
            creativeusername Jun 7, 2007 12:23 PM

            Maybe I use a different type? Mine looked like natural peanut butter when I opened the can. Had about a half inch of oil separated at the top and was definitely the biggest hassle of the process. What brand did you use?

            1. re: creativeusername
              p.j. Jun 7, 2007 12:34 PM

              Try turning the jar over the day before you use it....or whenever you think about it. Having the tahini at room temp. makes it easier to stir as well.
              Sometimes, I just spoon out the solids and leave most of the oil behind, to cut the fat content. I'll add some of the cooking liquid from the chickpeas to get the hummos to a texture I like.

              1. re: p.j.
                creativeusername Jun 7, 2007 05:29 PM

                Thanks for the info! It's flipped. Is tahini supposed to be refrigerated after opening? (Didn't say on the jar.)

                1. re: creativeusername
                  Gio Jun 7, 2007 05:52 PM

                  I keep Tahini in the fridge after opening.

                  1. re: creativeusername
                    pikawicca May 14, 2011 06:58 PM

                    Quality degrades rapidly if not refrigerated.

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            lora Jun 7, 2007 12:25 PM

            I freeze it all the time too. Works like a charm.

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            1. re: lora
              Lolarizzel May 14, 2011 06:03 PM

              I would imagine tahini needs to be refrigerated since sesame would likely go rancid.

              1. re: Lolarizzel
                scubadoo97 May 14, 2011 06:50 PM

                It could but doesn't unless your tahini is very old. I never refrigerate and the tahini is never rancid and much easier to stir and use at room temp.

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